“Conservatives have neglected roads across Reading and let the community pay the price” say Lib Dems

3 Jul 2024
A road filled with potholes.

The Liberal Democrats have set out new proposals to fix Reading’s roads. 

The party has set out a national £300 million plan that will see investment to fix potholes over the next Parliament, which could equate to around 1.2 million potholes being filled each year.

Data reveals that in the 12 months between April 2021 and March 2022 there were almost 2,000 potholes across Reading, some being left for 46 months before being fixed.

The Liberal Democrats would redirect some of the money in the existing budget for new roads to local councils to ensure road maintenance and improvements are properly funded.

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Reading Central, Henry Wright, said:

“The Conservatives have driven us to a desperate place - roads are crumbling and motorists are suffering as a result. 

“It isn’t fair on families across Reading to be paying the price for this shambolic Conservative Government, who have completely failed to maintain our roads.

“The Conservatives have overseen cuts to our transport network, maintenance works delays and the decline in the state of our roads across the board. For all of their lip service to motorists, it's clear the Conservatives do not care about drivers in Reading.

“Only the Liberal Democrats have a real plan to fix the state of our roads by giving the money to local councils, who know their roads and are best placed to fix them.”

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